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Nicole Richie has successfully made the transition from an actress and reality star to a prolific fashion designer, but that leap wouldn’t have been so easy if she didn’t do one thing first: find confidence in her own abilities. “We need to be the first ones to believe in ourselves,” she told attendees at this weekend’s Create and Cultivate conference for female entrepreneurs.

Richie was joined by successful stars like Sarah Michelle Gellar and Nikki Reed to give advice on being a self-starter in the digital age, and the 35-year-old founder of House of Harlow 1960 had some sage advice to share. “We each have something to bring to the table. I think instead of looking outward and focusing on what everyone else is doing, you have to have trust and faith enough in yourself to know that you’re going to bring something totally different,” she said.

“Understand your strengths and know your weaknesses. Both are very equal. Both are very important. You don’t have to be good at everything. Know what you’re good at. Look to people in areas that you need help and have those people help you.”

The star was quick to point out that she doesn’t fit into any mold. “It’s so easy to fall into a box that somebody else had put you in,” she said. “If you want to save yourself some energy, just be yourself. There’s nothing else to be.”

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After her turn on stage, Richie had fun in the Amazon Fashion lounge, showing off her stunning monochromatic maroon look topped with a blush pink duster.

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.